Metalworking, blacksmithing, swordsmithing, jewellery, pottery, flintknapping, basket weaving, woodworking, traditional crafts, herbal lore, singing and more. Immerse yourself in the ancient world and learn some of the crafts and techniques that our ancestors used to make everything they needed. This is a unique learning environment where you will be surrounded by buildings from 5000 years’ of human history from the New Stone Age to the Saxon period. Our workshops will give you an unforgettable hands-on experience of the past.
Our workshops are run by tutors with a passion for their craft. They will help you learn a new skill, make an object using traditional techniques and create something uniquely hand made.
Available online, by phone 02392 598838 or from the Butser Ancient Farm shop.
Start as a beginner or refine your skills, we have a range of workshops making objects in copper, bronze, iron and silver. You can create jewellery inspired by archaeological finds, craft a Roman sword or cast in bronze to make your own treasure.
Flint knapping and pit fired pottery
Dating back thousands of years to the Stone Age, flint knapping is the technique of shaping stone into tools. You will learn what made the people of the Stone Age so skilled in their ability to craft the tools they needed from flint.
Pottery is the ancient art of making with clay and fire. This experimental workshop will give you a chance to try techniques that are thousands of years old, making pottery and decorating it using methods and styles from the past.
Leather work, basket making and felting
Traditional skills that will teach you to create beautiful hand-made objects using natural materials. A Viking leather pouch, a traditional rush basket or a felt hare.
Voice of the Past. Music and language.
How did the ancient people of Britain speak? Hear and study some exciting poetry from the 6th-9th centuries whilst sitting round the fire in our 8th century Anglo-Saxon hall.
Or, if you’d rather sing, a chance to learn some of the traditional Sussex songs about life and the land. Easy to learn, easy to sing and a great way to connect with the past.
Spend a day learning some of the basic skills you would need to survive in prehistoric Britain. Learn to make your own Mesolithic spear using ancient skills of flint knapping, cordage making and fire lighting.
The Kingdom of Plants
Develop your understanding of traditional plants and herbs, their uses and meanings. Food, Medicinal or Magical, the choice is yours.
Discover life before refined sugar with the sweetness of locally-produced honey with our introduction to beekeeping.